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, like the distance between the nation of afghanistan and the air force base in the u.s. state of nevada. drones come in various shapes, sizes and weights. they are used for surveillance, disablement, and killing. and drones are increasingly ubiquitous. there are 64 drone bases spread across the united states alone, and the u.s. has other drone installations across the planet. africa is increasingly a drone base environment. a newly authorized site in the nation of niger will become the sixth u.s. drone base in africa, joining one in morocco, senegal, uganda, and a permanent one in djibouti. u.s. drone attacks ordered by obama have spiked particularly in yemen, somalia, afghanistan, and notably pakistan where over 360 drone strikes over the nine years, 2004 to 2013, have killed over 3,000 people. this data is not classified. and not even secret. but it is troubling. so troubling that the u.n. has just decided to launch an investigation on the impacts of drone strikes on thousands of civilians. question. will the u.n. human rights council rule that drone use violates international law do
a decade, the u.s. military establishment has treated cyberspace as a domain of conflict, where it would need the capability to fend off attack or launch its own. that time is here, because someone sabotaged a top secret nuclear installation in iran with nothing more than a long string of computer code. >> we have entered into a new phase of conflict in which we use a cyberweapon to create physical destruction. [ticking] >> viktor bout, in my eyes, is one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth. >> on the face of the earth? >> without a doubt. >> which is why the u.s. government launched an elaborate international sting to nab viktor bout. what makes bout so dangerous? and how did d.e.a. agents eventually grab him? the answers in our story later. [ticking] this is what espionage looks like. the man driving the car is gregg bergersen. he's a civilian analyst at the pentagon with one of the nation's highest security clearances. his companion is tai shen kuo, a spy for the people's republic of china. bergersen knew a secret that the chinese desperately wanted to know, and neither
. >>> fueled by a weaker yen and strong sales of cameras in the u.s. >>> and shares in virgin media rally after an offer for a takeover that could value the uk cable operator at $20 billion. >> all right. welcome to tuesday. >> it's get together tuesday. coordinated, as well. >> the final print for the eurozone is finally come in, 48.6, a little better than the forecast of 48.2. >> may i just say, though, the employment index, look at that, 46.1, which is just barely better than the flash estimate but still the lowest since december 2009. on a downward trajectory. it's not germany where the final composite was 54.4. it's the periphery still. france's final january pmi falls to 46.1. >> france is where the concern is. we have francois hollande today speaking to the eu parliament. he's going to lay out his vision for the eu against that economic back drop. >> isn't it amazing? we come into the week yesterday with everyone still talking. you have that great barons cover, you come in, just get the risk trade massively off. and the question for today and the rest of the week is frankly whether that'
allen is retiring from the u.s. military and will not seek the post of the nato supreme allied commander in europe. the white house originally pushed back on a report. but today issued a statement on the general's retirement. allen's nomination was put on hold while investigated as part of the scandal that was, that forced c.i.a. trekker david petraeus from office. google stock price topped $800 for the first time today. the dow and the s&p both hit five-year highs today as well. the industrial average up. the 500 gained 11. >> this report from virginia base security firm highly charged because it lays out compelling case that the electronic trail leads to the military. it cites the nondescript building on the outskirt of shanghai that has chinese cyber espionage unit. >> we are doing thousands of intrusion and it leads us back to the same neighborhood. >> considering a safe secret by the chinese the report says the units are comfortable with english and have strong computer skill. >> it has excel and power point and documents and companys doing the merger and acquisition, we see targete
a 500 pound settlement with u.s. and uk regulators later this week. rbs will cover the bonus pools after a warning from the government that taxpayers should not foot the bill. rbs is planning to float the 316 branches of santander it has so far failed to sell. according to the papers, an ipo would allow the bank to dispose of that unit cleanly. lots going on. we're pleased to be joined by michael brown. welcome. >> happy monday morning. >> i know you want to talk about the super bowl. >> well, that would be nice given i was up watching it. >> i'm impressed. i should have been up staying up all night. my sister lives in baltimore. >> there are plenty of bank stories to get to in the meantime. >> absolutely. >> we're going to hear from george osborne in just a couple on hours' time. what does this mean? >> the idea is, of course, that we should have capital in both parts. but the problem is, there isn't enough capital to go around and, therefore, you don't want to spook the financial markets by saying, by the way, yes, you do need to have this. how do we get to where we want to be, i.e. en
-off. u.s. markets fell yesterday following the release of the fed minutes. it was the worst day of the year for the s&p and nasdaq. as you can see, shedding 108 points there, a rare triple digit decline this year. energy and material stocks were the worst hit. all ten s&p sectors did hit the day lower. volatility on the rise. the vix rose nearly 20% on this session. the sell-off has continued overnight. the shanghai composite, the australian markets taking it on the chin. will i sixuan joins us from singapore. >> thank you, kelly. fears of an early access by the fed rocks sentiment here in asia today. the nikkei pulls back 1.4% from its 52-month high. investors remain cautious ahead of the decision on the next boj chief. construction equipmentmakers were down after caterpillar reported slowing sales for the quarter ending january. but batterymaker gsyuasa reported a fix over long-term battery problems. the shanghai composite tumbled to 3% today. commodity place were under a lot of pressure today after the u.s. fomc minutes raised the possibility of a qe asset. development and ce
shut for the chinese new year and large parts of the u.s. struggling with extreme weather. >> digging out from nemo, residents and u.s. businesses hope to resume to normal business after mother nature dumped nearly three feet of snow in some areas. >>> and ben affleck's iran hostage drama "argo" picks up the best film accolade. daniel day-lewis wins best actor. >>> we're up for another week. we might do what they did and share the love around. >> i read the reports. we're going to talk about it later. there was no one dominant film. >> i thought it was interesting that "argo" won best picture? it was a great movie, but best movie? really? is that the -- >> "lincoln" only got -- sometimes they're quite clued up. the nominations were very similar. do you think lincoln would do better than it did. >> daniel day-lewis picked up an award. help recap for those of us who didn't catch the whole thing or any of it, frankly, but yeah, britain's big film night. now it's time for the u.s. in a couple of weeks. >> besides that, plenty of other things we're looking at today. another day, another su
. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
's previous two tests. the first in 2006 and the second in 2009. the u.s. geological survey detected a 4.9 magnitude seismic event in the area, more powerful than the 4.5 that registered in 2009 after north korea's second test. scientists in multiple countriesing detected the explosion. north korea issued a confirmation, declaring the test was quote, carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniatureized de greater explosive force than previously, unquoted. pyongyang also declared the the reckless hostility of the united states. unquote. in a state of the union address tuesday president obama had this to say. >> provocation of the sort we saw last night will only further isolate them as we standby our allies, strengthen our own missile defense and lead the world in taking firm action in response to defense and take firm action in respnorth threats. >> this is north korea's first successfully launched a long range rocket, raising fears north korea now has the capability to hit the united states. question. what is the real story behind kim jong un's nuclear test? mo
clean energy u.s. economy will step down after tenure rocked by failures of costly government investments. chu took responsibility but not the blame for the hal half-billion investment in solyndra that went bankrupt after the administration doubled down in 2011. in award ceremony, president obama praised chew chule for designing a cap to plug deep water horizon oil spill in 2010. this is a big position, especially with the energy issues still pending in the president's second term. >>> from washington, to the kremlin. plea for russians to get busy. salacious details later in the grapevine. up next, hillary clinton says cowboy, as another american embassy comes under attack. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelful? e carful? how about...by the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. then i read an article about a study that looked at the long term health benefits of taking multivitamins. they used centrum silver for the study... so i guess my
are building them to last. siemens, answers. >> theu.s.economyinthefourthquarte of. the u.s. economy in the fourth quarter of last year october, november, december contracted by 0. 1%. one-tenth of 1%. it was the first contraction in three years and it rattles financial markets. much of the slippage in gross domestic product, was due to what the u.s. federal reserves describes as quote weather related disruptions and other transitory facts unquote. the central bank is keeping monetary policy on hold. and says n worth of long-term securities a month, until there is a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market. also, the cut back in department of defense outlays, is likely to fuel concerns about the size of a slow down and the full economic fallout of the large quote unquote sequester cuts scheduled for a month from now, the start of march. the president's press secretary said this about the sequester. quote, across-the-board cuts to education, to research and development, would have repeat, would have, damaging effects on our economy and our long-term economic prospec
of mergers to talk about. nicole: the first is in airline deal. it was highly anticipated that u.s. airways and american airlines would merge. first let's hit heinz. i am going to stick with heinz. warren buffett, berkshire hathaway. obviously at a premium. heinz is up 20%. watch the 3:00 p.m. show, we will certainly delve into it more for you. he loves their products. he loves the emerging markets. he thinks it was a great buy. then, we will talk about u.s. airways and american airlines merger. you can see they are finally coming together. the u.s. airways ceo will remain in the top spot as ceo. u.s. airways is down right now. dagen: thank you, nicole. connell: we are waiting for the speaker of the house, john boehner. we say take a look at this. a little over two weeks until automatic spending cuts will kick in. congress taking a week off leaving you just six working days to get something done. dagen: wait until the last minute has become the norm. how do you think this plays out? >> i think the impact on the economy will be small. the cuts are relatively small. we had $175 billion in tax
. >> and the most romantic hotel in the world, the anastasi apartments in greece. >> in a that looks u.s. >> and in the u.s., the bardesbond in, the rooms start at 600 and go up to $1,200. >> they bottle that, it's called wine. thanks so much. happy valentine's day, everybody. no matter what you do, enjoy it. thanks for watching "street signs." >>> hi, everybody. we enter the final stretch. welcome to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo at new york stock exchange. this market fighting for a close in positive territory, brill. >> the dow is fighting. got the s&p and nasdaq positive, but we're kicking off the final hour watching other stories as well right now, including a huge day for mergers. warren buffett buys heinz. american/usairways form the biggest airline in the world, but so far the stock market seems unimpressed. what message is that saying about where our economy is right now? we'll look at that coming up. >> a lot of implications to see this deal flow pick up steam early in the year. more signs though that the individual investor is dipping his or her toes back into the st
jeopardizing u.s. national security. stocks rallied on the first day of trading with all three indexes rising two-year highs. the s&p up 11 points: nasdaq 22. volume on the big ward still modest 3.7 billion shares. office depot, officemax advanced merger deals with both companies moving higher. google stock above $800 per share for the first time ever. health care stocks on news medicare advantage payments, to companies for services will be lower than expected, but most of those stocks recovering most of their losses. gold continues its decline closing at 1603.60. crude oil up $0.80. the bond market, weaker prices, higher yield, the treasury's 10-year now 2.03%. apple confirmed today it has been the target of a cyber attack byackers in china who compromised a small number of the employee computers. apple says there's no evidence they were able to steal any data, but as the saying goes, it is early yet. the attack was perpetrated by the same group that hacked faccbook. jeeps twitter profile send out racial slurs, claims the police were using drugs, a hacker group taking responsibility for bot
-- buying a house just for suckers? controversial comments from a prominent housing economist. and the u.s. airlines/u.s. air her injurier. what it means the next time you fly. "the willis report" is on the case. ♪ gerri: all that and more coming up, but first, our top story tonight. nearly half the country bracing for major snowstorm. however, we are still dealing with the aftermath of another storm, sandy. but the red tape surrounding fema's national flood insurance program is leaving homeowners and businesses out in the cold with more on this, stephen moore, editorial board member for the wall street journal. welcome to the show. always great to have you here. >> thank you. gerri: you look like you're in a safe, warm place, which is good. [laughter] it's going to be a doozy, right? >> two feet of snow. gerri: i want you to hear what chris christie, the governor of new jersey, had to say. boy, is he upset with fema. here he is. >> people need to know how much money they're going to have from their flood insurance to be able to rebuild, repair their homes. the national flood insurance p
unveiled by two of the most liberal members of the u.s. senate. barbara boxer from california and bernie sanders from vermont want to make polluters to manufacturers, and power plant operators pay for the pollution they generate. joining me now with the top republican on the senate energy committee, senator lisa murkowski. thank you for being with us again. great to see you. the carbon tax, good or bad idea >> this is something that is going absolutely nowhere. if what is proposed is something that is going to increase the cost to the consumers, this is just not going to happen. and when you think about the proposal that has been before the cut across, the captain trade proposal, it does not even take out the democratic lead said. it did not want to touch that. and of the to going to want to touch a carbon tax either. this is something that is just going to increase the cost to the consumer at a time that nobody is looking to increase their energy costs. we should not be looking to increase it. we should be making our energy more affordable. gerri: let me give you some numbers here. the
have been under pressure. what we saw with u.s. airways, it was getting hit hard. warren buffett's company, berkshire hathaway, buying time out right here. they called it at 7250. >> yes, they just think it's a great product. he said he was absolutely going to be in for the long term. liz: it's not a classic equity deal where they shine it up. david: we just saw whole foods getting kicked today about 10%. >> that is not good news. david: as you can see, we have very big movements. do not be fooled when we see the dow jones down, the s&p 500 is up a little bit. less than a 10th of a percentage point, nasdaq, the biggest mover is the rest of 2000. it is the individual stocks, we have seen some big movements by individual stocks and we will be talking about coming up. liz: did you see the coal industry sector? lots of natural resources after the fourth-quarter earnings. all gaining more than 4%, 13 full percentage point. david: when you see that it is settling at the lowest level in six months, that is what gives people a lot of concern. it is just about at the 200 day moving averag
.75 a share. it would be the biggest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis. the u.s. government launching a civil lawsuit against standard & poors and mcgraw-hill over mortgage ratings. this is the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agencies over alleged behavior tied more to the crisis. we'll talk more about the story and the implications with jacob frankel as 6:30 eastern. >>> and there's more news for boeing. the company has asked the faa for permission to do test flights. this suggests boeing has found solutions that led to the grounding of the entire fleet last month. the transportation agency says it's unclear whether battery, chemistry or an electrical issue caused a main battery on a plane owned by nippon airlines last month. investigators said today they may widen their probe on other components on the aircraft. >> thank you, mr. professor. yum brands is warning it is expecting 2013 warnings to shrink as it struggled to manage a food safety scare in china. remember i made that joke about cats. we'll leave that alone. also, toyota now raising its an
going on here? is there a manufacturing renaissance in america? what are you seeing? >> is the u.s.'s manufacturing more competitive than it has been in the past? yes. there are a number of drivers. in high-tech manufacturing, material innovation is happening. there is a lot of innovation and advanced manufacturing. materials are higher than it was in the past versus labor. the energy construct is being created by shale gas. the ability of u.s. companies to sell around the world and export in the markets that are growing. in the case of manufacturing, the future has a chance to be different from the past. we are at our most competitive in my 30 years on a globally relative basis. how does that translate to jobs? it is a more complicated equation on around productivity and other elements. will it go from 9% to 20%? that is unlikely. could you see a steady increase of manufacturing jobs in the u.s.? that is likely to happen. whether you get all 5 million back, i do not know. there will be productivity. there is a bigger opportunity for more content in the u.s. today. >> jack welsh on
growth and will the risks like u.s. politics stay out of the way? the answer is yes and my guess for now it is yes. the path of least resistance is higher. connell: even if you are right, people say boy, initial investors, we will talk later about the fact they have been getting more involved in the market and the inflow starting to look better on that front, but some of them say we've had a nice run above the 14,000 last week, i missed it, should've gotten in earlier. they're looking for a big pullback, is that the wrong way to go about it in your view? >> i would step up my purchases, i would not try to time it if i had earmarked for the equity market. we have avoided the fiscal cliff posted on the debt ceiling. earnings are decent, decent economic indicators here and outside the u.s. on balance is good, not everyone of them. we have central bankers all over the world, but begging for reflation putting money in the system and a lot of cash getting zero return and those things i think are the reason the stock is likely to continue going. connell: that is the last one i want to pick up o
not living in the u.s. but in fantasyland? connell: we will talk about that and immigration reform because it has been huge topics this week. if we told you you could save billions of dollars in foreign aid to corrupt governments with immigration reform would you take that trade? dagen: super bowl feeder and counterfeiters are honest. we bring you more on a record $13.6 million bust in fake nfl merchandise. you got to give me a jersey, if you don't make one i will get one. connell: you will be all right. especially men wearing sports jerseys is one of my pet peeves. let's go to nicole petallides at the nyse-listed 14,000. nicole: don't come down here today because today on the floor of the nyse, support your favorite team. and the trader jackets a lot of traders are wearing their favorite jersey's. the dow four days out and we hit it, we are here, 14,000 right now, a gain of 140 points. dow leaders include bank of america and travelers and verizon and american express and at&t helping along the trend has been a good one, january, the best january in two decades. we kickoff 2013 in a very b
major deals. what's pressuring stocks? >> a fascinating look at ceo confidence, pwc's u.s. chairman is standing by. right now, he has his annual ceo survey. it might surprise you. >> calling senate's bluff on spending. lou dobbs weighs in. >> news on the stranded carnal cruise ship. the clock cannot turn fast enough. those poor people. >> i agree. up to speed on the markets, back to the floor, annie coal -- and nicole, another sideways day. >> dow down six points, not far off the unchanged line for all three major averages. the nasdaq and s&p squeeze out gains, the dow slightly to the downside. s&p, as we talked about yesterday, right, broader average, and the dow just has 30. it moves the archings more. one thing the traders talked about from the minute i walked in this morning was europe. you see the euro lower, the dollar is strong on a day where we heard that europe is struggling with growth over in germany, in particular, that's the real big one. france and italy would be in there. when you talk about the eurozone and growth potential seeing it is disappointing and not pulling
and for tourists coming to the u.s. were important for economic growth and immigration was important for a lot of high tech industry and you saw the president position move on some of those and they have done important work in those areas. in this case i am not sure given the collection of high-tech people you'd probably hear a lot about high skilled immigration. broader immigration is defined by more than just what they make. liz: number of people who want immigration, they want a vibrant economy with skilled immigrants and smart immigrants coming in, but that is separate from sealing the border. there is the need to seal the border because you have criminality at the border, aren't those two different issues? speaker they are related, but yes, i think they're separate issues and they start to blend together as you get into these issues about how would it work to verify if employees are or are not legal or should that be a burden put on employers and stuff like that, so do think the issues fo the business people he on immigration and the border or related but i do think there are distinct, ye
and people of ill repute. >> all too often we see the u.s. is doing that, elevating dictators dollars to the detriment of israel. the human rights council, 40 percent of the resolutions they put up claim that israel ignoring nigeria, sudan. neil: united and look past our differences between us and focus on our common enemy, and ask for that could destroy as. >> which is why i think you respond with this. this is what the u.n. is set up to do and finally they're doing it. i am told there is an asteroid the supposed to hit as april 132036 which gives the u.s. plenty of time to coalesce this global exclusion. neil: you don't have to worry about that. a non-issue for me. allan dodds that one. your final thoughts on whether the u.n. can do at least this right? >> i think a body that empowers home loss, the saddam government , we were just talking about it. it should not be so interested with the security of the united states of america. countries we cannot trust right now, and i would love to be able to, but we cannot. we have to take our own security into account, and i agree this is a le
of the top private funds in the u.s. it is a fox business exclusive. and will today be the day? will the dow take at its all-time high "countdown to the closing bell" begins right now. ♪ liz: looks like we might get there, but hi, everybody. i'm liz claman. the last hour of trading. selling started to pick up. stocks are trading near session lows. the nasdaq has lost a lot of the steam that it had earlier taking a look at the dow jones industrials to lower by 62 points, though of the session down 64, one and a half% from its all-time highs. that, of course, is the number that goes back to october in 2007. the s&p 500 can't make any of the green state down about two points. ec the nasdaq of three points. of more than 11 points. of course the nasdaq to the opposite. it was down. today we have a teeny bit of green of the screen. taking a look at the dow jones industrials coming-. a few pockets of strength. led by general a electric. $0.72. not bad. procter and gamble. ge moving higher. the remaining 49% stake in nbc universal. comcast. mcdonald's is also one of the laggers, although right now
. the white house calling the homicide attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey a terror. two are dead. military sources telling fox news that all u.s. staff are safe at this time. in mexico city, people are dead after the explosion at a mexican owned state oil company. the cause of the explosion remains unknown. those are your headlines. who got bleeped, you or me? thank you to congress taking the can down the road, massive defense cuts were put off until march 1. with just one month ago, there is little sign of progress. general charles joining us now. welcome, sir. $500 million in defense department spending cuts. they are likely inevitable. your thoughts on the impact. >> first of all, there has already been $487 billion of cuts levied on the deal. the 500 billion that is pending would be devastating. one of the things that i like to remind people of is we are already in sequestration. the department has already started cutting their spending on many other programs. lori: the first tape showed a contraction. as you know, there are a lot of deficit hawks out there that are happy to see cuts a
. the u.s. government has been bringing this up with the chinese for a long time. it is low risk. it is low cost. it is high return and difficult to track. even getting a location on these servers, this is a little bit of guesswork involved there. there are real challenges there. the big question is, how do we respond? connell: if you had to give a great to the american public, how ready are we? >> there are so many elements. you have to peel back the onion. you have to talk about things like, you know, the electrical grid and things like that. i would say we are at a c level. guy forbid, it could come to conflict with the chinese could shut out the lights on us here. shut off the power. shut out though, you know, air traffic control system. connell: thank you. i also want to point out that the ceo of that company preparing the report will be on the next hour of "markets now" with dennis kneale and cheryl casone. dagen: already looking into some stock orders. what does the chief have to say about this? connell: washington's spending problem. entitlement programs like social secur
raising annual profit guidance on the weaker yen and stronger u.s. sales. elsewhere in china, the shanghai managed to end in the green for the eighth straight session. property developers saw profit-taking on fears of new curbs, but brokerages staged a strong rebound after losing over the past two days. >>> the hang seng rebounded from its one-month low, ending higher by about .5%. many blue-chip name gained ground. but gaming stocks tumbled after the "times" in the u.k. reported beijing is set to crack down on junket operators bringing in high rollers to the mainland. the move continues the fight against corruption and money laundering. >>> elsewhere, south korea's kospi bucked the upward trend, ending lower by about .1%. australia's asx 200 climbed to a 21-month high, ending higher .8% helped by gains in miners in banks. india, action trading flat. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much for that. that's where we stand. >> of course in the case of the nikkei, jumped -- an extraordinary move. you have to wonder, i haven't heard people ruling out hitting levels of 2,000 again. if yo
on its nuclear program. they say the nuclear fuel is for energy reactors. the u.s. is concerned that they will produce weapons grade material. let's head to the pits of the cme and phil flynn. >> very little reaction down here. the very first place you want to look is the ti spread. it has spread out to the largest level of the year. it is possible that part of that could be this story. a lot of people did not hold out a lot of hope for the stocks. the direct talks with the u.s., they thought maybe something may come out of that. at least they were hopeful. the rejection, now that obviously looks like it will be off the table. these talks will not do a whole heck of a lot. this comes at a time where they are tightening sanctions even more on iran. we saw saudia arabia, and take if you cannot get enough supply, we will pump a little bit more. melissa: that u.s. productivity fell 2% in the fourth quarter to its lowest level in nearly two years. what does the next day to say about our economic recovery? what do you make of that productivity number? that jumped out at me. >> the mov
slowdown, u.s. government shutdown. they are off the table. cheryl: let's forget about the market. let's talk about the super bowl. all of the ads. dennis: hominy cakes did it take for the nerd to get that shot right? melissa: it ruined my appetite which is what i needed at that point. lori: i love guys like that. that is my type. [ laughter ] melissa: i am speechless. i am melissa francis. lori: i am lori rothman. rbc wealth management ceo joins us on whether or not this pullback will last. melissa: is your wallet running on empty? consumers spend more on gasoline as a percentage on their income in nearly a decade. lori: the white house and action against china. let's get you updated on the market as we do every 15 minutes. nicole: you have to blame europe. let's take a look at the major market averages. you'll not see the dow 14,000. 13,887. that is a loss of nearly .9%. the tech heavy nasdaq is down one quarter of a percent. these were high levels that we have seen since october 2007. a lot of the bulls out there were really celebrating. the dollar is particularly strong today. it h
at the strong dollar. you also have to look that u.s. oil production did the highest level in almost 20 years. it is absolutely incredible. a couple days ago, everyone was talking about $100 a barrel. now they are wondering if $90 will hold. the april futures just hit $93, as i speak. inventories, of course, rose. it was on the increase in production. a decrease on imports. that really impacted the market. that is good news for gasoline prices. they got hit very hard. the gas inventories fell. that was a bigger drawdown in gasoline. because of the strong dollar, that is keeping that market very strong. heating oil, they do not seem to care. the other big numbers today, natural gas. a drawdown aided in expected. it gave natural gas a little bit of a boost today. we could see a bigger drawdown than expected next week. ashley: phil flynn of price future group. thank you so much. shibani: buckle up for more volatility, it sounds like. take a look at what is happening to the national price of gas. it is up there descent from a month ago. this is refinery plants across the country. they are facing
as we do every 15 minutes. lauren, we are starting the week on an up note. >> this u.s. stock market rally really started in europe. the u.s. market has of arrows across the board. a really tight range for stocks. volume clearly to the upside by about two-one your advance to the client line. really pushing closer to those all-time highs. 14,198. we are not far from there. 1576, we are not far from that either. we are getting there. hopefully, we can keep this winninn streak live. ashley: healthcare provider stocks taking a hit. proposing lowering medicare rates next year. peter barnes joins us now from inside the beltway with the details on this story. peter: they are proposing a cut of about 5% or so in payments to insurance companies that offer medicare advantage is. about a quarter of all seniors in medicare, about 15 million of them, are enrolled in medicare advantage. they could have added benefits. patients have to stay in their healthcare network which helps insurance companies, in theory, manage their costs. private insurers are reimbursed for all of this by the government. t
the cia to track down osama bin laden. >> in the u.s., he's a hero for helping too lead our navy seals to the world's most wanted terrorist, but in pakistan, he's behind bars and considered or. who now wants to use the oscoor too bring attention to the plight of dr. afridi. >> a dramatic smash and grab. in the search to find the before they strike again. >> and the famous image capturing an iconic moment 60 years ago. raidsing the american plaghiro shima in the world war ii's most intense fighting. every day americans are caught in the middle of the budget. sweeping across the board cuts will begin in less than a reach. we heard dire warnings coming from lawmakerings, sequestitration would force longer lines and deep cuts to our military. in reality, the 85 billion in cuts makes up 2.4 percent of the federal budget and prompting republicans to use the white house to using scare tacticings. today lindsay addressing those in an interview on fox on huckabee tonight. here's the bit. >> the idea of republicans letting it go in affect and watching the fix it is not leadership. i thought we w
in the u.s., this guy wants to see it go up 22% from 20% but overall disney stocks near an all-time high, 54.50 is the all-time high. triple the s&p. liz: are you worried the upper income was 234 million versus 413 million? >> it is all about the releases and where you are in the schedule. they will look forward to what is coming up next. let's not forget they have iron man three coming out. i think wall street will look forward that way. and the cable networks seem to be doing pretty good. disney channel, espn. one of the best collections of entertainment media assets anywhere, has really been humming. david: that collection has grown tremendously. lucas films. have they paid too much? >> they bought marvel for a couple billion and turned into the avengers. i really think they have done a great job of absorbing these mergers. there's a conference call and i want to hear what are you doing with the film and what is your next plan? they just brought in jj abrams, he will be directing the next "star wars" coming out in 2015. the reason we are interested in disney so much is you can look at
happened we had an honest conversation about who pays taxes in the country, what it takes to fund the u.s. government, the fact that the rich really do pay a lot in the way of taxes more than their fair share -- neil: apparently not enough. >> apparently not enough. listen to this important, really interesting information that's coming out from economists. they say it's really hard once you get government benefits to get off because you lose food stamps once you get a job, lose housing assistance, and so there is basically a call cue louse that people who did on the government bill, they say, look, we're going to lose money. we'll stay with the government rather than getting a job. those important debates happen right now in a time, of course, when we're in fiscal duress. neil: wane rogers, a lot of big companies pay no taxes at all. last year, ge finding out it didn't pay any taxes, but now we found it with names like linked in and a host of others, including facebook, but whatever their enterprise is and gazillion dollar enterprises and rates like they don't pay a dime. this situation i
of cyber attacks against u.s. companies. dagen: the white house is considering fines and other trade penalties against china. peter barnes has the very latest from washington. peter: the administration is expected to release its own reports. attorney general eric holder will be holding a news conference on this this afternoon. the u.s. is trying to step up efforts to prevent chinese hacking which have hit dozens of u.s. companies. the second report increasing pressure on the administration to take more forcible action against the chinese for what experts say have been years of systematic x-men nosh. these new programs between u.s. intelligence agencies and companies will take time to roll out. connell: peter barnes in washington, d.c. for us. obviously, this is becoming a bigger and bigger story for us. watch this. >> we have also, regularly and repeatedly, raised our concerns at the highest level with the chinese government about cyber theft. including with sr. chinese officials and the military will continue to do that. connell: former navy seal is with us. you have heard the gover
as if it were an act of war. any attack against u.s. interests. now, it has become routine. we are getting a quarter of a million attacks against government facilities every day. we have a story like this today in which the federal reserve was hacked. presumably that a number of groups including anonymous. it should be very very disconcerting to all americans that we do not know who is caring out these attacks. we know, in general, that the people's republic of china carries out the largest number of attacks from mainland china against u.s. interests. mainland china and the peoples republic there. they managed to carry out, also 3500 front organizations in this country specifically to hack, acquire, steel, however you want to say it, military secrets. all of which have been the victims of cyber attacks. they say, well, nothing very much was, you know, taken from us. we do not know who did it. rest assured, it was a temporary problem and has since been fixed. it is repeated by the day. lori: do you think that these cyber attacks are escalating toward something bigger? to your point, you men
in the market for a while. people know about it, and the reality is that in the u.s. specifically we see economic activity improving in the future and improving more than expectations and a big driver of that is the housing market. housing drives consumption and housing prices are going from linear to parabolic which gives the consumer more power to purchase. >> rick santelli, jump in here for a minute because we're trying to figure out if in fact we are seeing this trade out of fixed income, into stocks, not necessarily happening today, but do you have any read in terms of if this is an actual trend happening? >> well, i think when i look at treasuries, i see we're only up 19 basis points on the year in 10s. i don't think it's an issue. i don't see this impending huge selloff in treasuries. listen to the dovishness in europe with regard to a variety of issues, not the least of which is they are worried about a high euro and growth in some of the southern countries. >> yeah. what did you -- >> i do see it playing out in high yield and corporates. quickly if you look at barclays, one-mont
, and it's kind of interesting. this is a gauge of consumer spending. u.s. sales weakness persisted into early february. remember, we had that e-mail leak. kind of expecting this. walmart is up today. >> today's thing that makes you go hmm. not really sure what atlantic university is thinking. renaming the football stadium to geo group stadium. okay. except geo group is a priflt prison corporation based in south florida. the company will donate 6 million to fau over the next six years, the ceo is an alum and a member of the board of trustees, a good gesture, i get it. the optics, you have to admit, not adele even looking through. attention all red sox fans. curt schilling's bloody sock is up for sale. here's brian schactman. >> reporter: i touched it yesterday. as a sox fan i touched the sock. >> did you wash your hands is this. >> do it like southie does. >> you criticize mine. >> sock. >> reporter: even though it's kind of odd, a long song with dried blood back. those not in the know, want me to keep going like this, sul? 2004. curt schilling pitched a six-inning world series gem
there is two types of government agents in u.s., those who have been hacked by china, and those who don't know they have been hacked this happens roughly a hundred times a day, attacks coming in from china from all sorts of places mostly guangdong province, this is say military effort. charles: michelle. no react, i rarely hear anything from washington in a political realm we hear china manipulating currency but no one talked about this which seems more dangerous? >> it is a same we don't see this obama administration holding countries accountable. when we belief that this is state sponsored, we're not tracking aboutseless information, we're talking about our country intellectual property our secrets, you know it has a lot to do with the organization itself and the department, you see study after study show a lot of people in i-t believe that majority of people in i-t believe that cyber security improvement believes that the policy that the organization imminents this was a -- implements this is not just fault of department of energy but it is carelesess on their hard. charles: gordon we've
squeeze on all of us. to get the u.s. out of the financial black hole, but washington only needs to look across the country to california to see how this will play out. with more on this, michael reagan, founder of the rating group. welcome back to the show. great to have you here. i need to get you to comment on to harry reid. this weekend talking about more taxes. he says, the american people are on his side. here he is. >> the american people don't believe in this bustier things. we believe that the rich should contribute. we believe we should fill those tax loopholes, get rid of them, i should say, and that is where we need to go. gerri: do you agree? >> no, i don't. john kennedy did not agree. ronald reagan did not agree. they did not agree back in the 1920's. it is never worked in the history of this country raising taxes to bring in more revenue. by the way, the revenue is projected for this year, over two and half trillion dollars. that's more than we took in last year, more than we took in in 2007 and 2008. it is always and has always been a spending problem in washington d.c. l
. well, obamacare is helping dig the u.s. deeper into debt. now our monstrous debt, 16 trillion, has people wondering if that is the real reason the u.s. keeps talking tough but won't get tough with china. this is all over the numerous cyber attacks china is accused of waging against u.s. companies and government agencies. a fox news contributor. great to have you back on t show. it seems like the u.s. government wants to talk a tough game. there is absolutely nothing behind it. how can there be something behind it when we hope china so much money? >> talk with nothingehind it is unfortunately typical of the obama administration. the point you're making about the debt is significant. i think it has been a problem for the united states in the wrong way. it comes up when people say whenever we have an issue with china basically they say, well, we can't do anything about that. then we don't do anything about it. you never challenge china you never forced them to use the debt as leverage, so they went for free. the conclusion in beijing is we might as well post a little bit harder. point
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